香ばしい[koubashii]

January 31, 2009 at 12:25 am (otaku word, slang)

 Yes, it normally means savory, it gives you an appetite. But no, when it comes down to the otaku world, everything would mean a different way. This term can be mostly found in 2ch in order to mean an extraordinary, crazy, or insane person or the likes. 香ばしい[koubashii] is an adjective, so you need to add a noun behind this, like 香ばしいやつ[koubashii yatsu or guy], 香ばしい書き込み[koubashii kakikomi or comment].

 This origins from the TV CM of the famous snack, こうばしコーン[koubashi corn] which is one kind of とんがりコーン[tongari corn]. The CM used to be aired around 1997 or so, especially it could be seen midnight. A lot of anime fans who watched anime midnight came across this CM, and got influenced by such an extraordinary context. The quick song repeatedly said コーンだけでも香ばしいのに~ゴマだけでも香ばしいのに~♪[Just corn is savory, just sesame is savory]. This phrase lasted forever during the CM where a fox was cooking corn and a seal was cooking sesame (too bad, I couldn’t find the video). This weird CM hit otaku people, so that they started to use it to describe such a weirdie in 2ch.

 There are some more similar words like KY, 痛い[itai, painful], 電波[dempa] or DQN[dokyun or dokyuso]. Sigh, such a weird is everywhere, but particularily in the otaku society, it could be notorious rapidly…The most 香ばしい comment I have ever seen was a long long dellusion he(?) had in mind…I like to have dellusion since I have some 2D thoughts, but I always have to be aware of the possibility that I could be such a 香ばしいやつ. つい最近もいたよそんなやつこのブログにも…あれは本当に香ばしかっt

 Anyway, so long as we have a common sense, we are fine. If I am being a 香ばしいやつ, please stop me!

4 Comments

  1. Lucy said,

    I think I can one-up you on the koubashii factor, or so to speak.
    Given your tendency to blog about BL, when I first read the word “corn”, I was thinking about “Boku no Sexual Harassment” 😉

    Anyways, I haven’t commented on your blog for a while. How has everything been?

  2. goodyfun said,

    In western youth culture and nerd culture, the word “crazy” is often times thought of as a good thing. It is right up there with the currently popular “random”. Like if someone watches a video that’s very strange but it is meant to be funny, someone will say “That’s so crazy!” or “That’s so random!” As a complement.

    I wonder if there is a word you know that’s like that? Those words all seem like they’re bad things to be, like 痛い is bad of course.

  3. bangin said,

    Lucy: Hi how is it going? Me, as you can see my previous posts I was quite busy with cosplay! But now things settled. So I will make a post on otaku words again.

    Are you saying the corn that pokes his something? Ugaaah!!

    goodyfun: We have to say ある意味すごい[it’s awesome in a way] to mean crazy that way, maybe? 痛い means just bad things, but it is still modest, though.

  4. goodyfun said,

    Hmm, “ある意味すごい”. That’s probably pretty close.

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